several months later
**This is a heads up...it gets PG-13 in this chapter..nothing big though
It was Fourth of July, and I was staring up at the night sky, waiting for Valery. I felt sort of nervous, because I wanted to make this one day happy for her. So she just doesn’t remember that it was when Kale broke her heart or when her parents died, but she’ll remember it was when we did something fun together.
Yeah, there’s a town fair, but I didn’t want her to relive the moments with Kale. So I was going to take her to our meadow, the one no one knew about.
The door creaks open and I turned, smiling. Val’s uncle Riley comes out, tromping down the stairs.
“You don’t go breaking her heart, Drew. Not tonight.” Uncle Riley claps my back hard.
“Wouldn’t dream of it, sir.” I smile at him.
He eyes me, “Good.”
The door creaks open again, and we look back. I inhale sharply. Valery’s in a flowing summer dress, the color doing wonders on her pale skin. Deep violet, and ivory splashed on it like splattered paint. This is the first time not seeing her in black, (well, besides seeing her in my hoodies or shirts) it surprises me. The front of her hair is pinned back, and flows around her shoulders and back. I glance up at her, and she gives me a nervous smile.
“Val, you look…gosh, you look- you look. Wow.” I shake my head looking at her up and down again.
Val blushes and grins, looking at the floor. Riley clears his throat.
“I’ll let you two love birds go.” Riley gives me a clap on my back again and plants a kiss on Val’s forehead. He walks away and Valery glances up at me, small smiling.
I stare at her still gaping.
“Quit drooling, and let’s go.” Valery grinned and softly punches my arm.
I catch her hand, pulling her into me, grinning at her. We kiss softly and Riley flashes the porch light.
She laughs and I open the car door helping her in. I jog around to my side and hop in, starting the car. I pull out of her drive way, heading to the meadow.
“Where are we going?” Val asked.
“Your favorite place.” I said.
Val giggles, “Every place is my favorite as long as you’re there.”
I blushed. Like, actually blushed. Valery laughs, holding her stomach.
“Oh, Drew.” She leaned over and planted a kiss on my cheek.
“Careful, we don’t want to get in a wreck because you’re distracting me.” I glanced at her and threw a smile. She looks out the window, paling.
My heart drops to my stomach. God, why the hell did I say that? Her parents freaking died in a car accident on this day.
“Val, I didn’t mean it, I’m sorry that-” I start, glancing at her. I see her shake her head.
“It’s fine, Drew. Let’s just forget it. I want to have fun tonight. No more talking about that.” She touched my arm gently.
I nodded, clenching my jaw. I slow down and pull in to the side of the highway.
Valery looked out the window and back at me, grinning. “The meadow?”
I smirked and nodded. “There’s stuff waiting for us there.” I opened my door, coming around to her side. I opened the door for her.
“These shoes are new, you’re going to have to carry me.” Valery smiled, opening her arms.
“Oh really now?” I grinned and turned around, “Piggy back.”
Valery laughed and I felt her slip her legs around my waist and her arms go around my neck. I gripped her legs and shut the door. I started trekking through the woods, following our path way.
I felt Val’s body lean against mine, her hair tickling my shoulders and neck, as her hot breath licked my ear. I shivered. She giggled in my ear softly, and nipped my earlobe with her teeth. I groaned. Valery laughed loudly, dipping her head back.
We came to the clearing, and I dropped her down softly. I had set up candles and a blanket on the soft mossy grass, a picnic basket to the side. The candles weren’t lit yet, I wasn’t a dumbass.
I grabbed her hand and led her to the blanket.
“Drew, wow. When did you set this up?” Valery looked up at me, her skin shining in the moonlight.
I grinned, “About ten minutes before I picked you up. Come on.”
Valery laid down on the blanket as I lit the candles.
“Let me see one.” She sat up and reached for a lit candle. I handed it her, laying down next to her. I watched her dip her head down, smelling it.
“It smells like cupcakes.” Valery chuckled. She puts the candle down on the blanket, above my head.
She fits herself against my side, and I bring my arm around her and she lays her head on my chest. I sigh, looking at the stars above us. Valery props herself up on her elbows, turning to look at me. She throws a leg over mine, and I lick my lips.
“Drew, do you ever think that we might marry different people?” she asked me softly.
I inhale sharply, “I uhm, no. I don’t. Why?”
“Because we’re both seventeen, and most high school romances don’t last.” She trails her finger on my chest as she speaks.
“I don’t want anyone else, Val. All I want is you.” I reached my hand up and touched her face softly.
“I don’t want you to feel like you have to stay with me, you know?” Val rests her cheek on my palm.
“I want to stay with you. As long as I can.” I take my hand off her face and grip her shoulders, pulling her up closer so I could reach her lips.
She leaned down and touched her lips against my softly. I smiled against them. This made her to smile against mine, too. She breathlessly laughed before kissing me tenderly. I kissed her back, my hands making a slow trail up her body, to her hair.
“Mmm.” Val said, smiling while planting kisses here and there. She was kissing my jaw when her hand slipped up my shirt and her fingers trailed against my abs. I sharply in took air, gripping her hips. She stopped kissing me to laugh.
A blast went off, and Valery shrilled, both hands now clutching my shirt and I barked with laughter, seeing the fireworks going off in the sky. She started to laugh with me, falling against the blanket, looking up at the sky.
I watched the colors of the fireworks illuminate against Valery’s skin. I trailed my finger against her cheek, and she closed her eyes briefly, smiling.
“You’re supposed to be watching the magic happen in the sky, Drew.” Val said, smiling at the sky.
“Why should I, when there’s enough magic right here?” I said, staring at her.
Val gasped, turning to look at me. Something shined in her eyes and tugged me practically on top of her. She gripped my shirt, pulling me down to her lips. I grinned before kissing her, I tried to pace it slow, but she pressed her lips against mine harder, making her own pace.
Her fingers slid down my ribs, to the hem of my t-shirt. I felt her lift it up, tugging it up to my arms and I helped her pull it over my head. I tossed it somewhere away from the candles. I was on my knees, looking down at her as she ran her hands across my chest and hard stomach. My breath hitched when she went a little too low. I leaned back down, taking her lips in mine.
My hands were outside of her shoulders and I kept kissing her, as her hands went down to my belt. I stopped as she fumbled with my buttons.
“Val- no.” I said, out of breath. I was satisfied to hear that she was breathless too.
“Why?” she pouted, still fumbling with my button.
“Not here.” I shake my head, “This isn’t the right place, Val.” I gasped for air, struggling not to give in.
“Why?” she got the button undone, she searched for the zipper. I groaned.
“Val, stop. I don’t want-” I took a shaky breath, “Just, not here.”
“Fine, let’s go.” She slid her hands in my hair, “Please.”
I looked down at her, hearing the fireworks going off. Something bright caught on the blanket. Fire.
“Valery!” I scrambled off the blanket, gripping Valery’s wrists. I tugged her up as the fire crawled slowly on the blanket. She screamed.
I pushed her to safety and stomped on the fire, putting it out. The candle that Val had put above my head had tipped over. When I was sure it was gone, I breathed hard, standing back. I got down on my knees and blew out the candles.
Valery started laughing, her head dipping back. I looked at her and nervously laughing with her.
We kept laughing as I put the candles in the picnic basket and fetched my shirt. Valery squealed as I chased her back to my car.
I hope she remembers good things about this Fourth of July.